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Jarome Iginla's willingness to stay with the Calgary Flames through a lot of disappointing seasons proves how loyal he is to the only NHL team he's ever played for.
But at 35 years old, Iginla's chances of winning the Stanley Cup in Calgary are extremely slim with the team sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference standings.
As a top power forward who can score goals, play an important role on the power play and penalty kill and also provide veteran leadership, Iginla could be the most sought after "rental" player of the last 15 years.
Future Hall of Fame players who still perform at a high level rarely get traded in the middle of a season, so if the Flames want to dangle him at the deadline, they should be able to acquire some valuable assets that will aid the team's rebuild.
The Flames don't have any right-wing prospects that project to be a top-six forward, so if they lose Iginla for nothing in free agency, the team won't have a young player ready to replace him in the short term.
Moving Iginla before the deadline could also help the Flames acquire more defensive depth, which is an area of their organization that needs a lot of work since they have no blueliners at the CHL, AHL or NCAA levels who project to be a top-four defenseman.
What would the Flames want in return for Iginla? Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun speculated earlier this week:
When you have a player as talented as Iginla, who could be the final piece in a contending team's pursuit of the Stanley Cup, you cannot afford to let him walk in free agency, especially when the Flames don't have a deep prospect pool and need to do a full rebuild as soon as possible.
Nicholas Goss is an NHL Lead Writer at Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter. He was a credentialed reporter at the 2011 Stanley Cup Final and 2012 NHL playoffs.